Winter 2018 Closing Information

Thanksgiving Information

All undergraduate residential facilities will be open for the duration of the Thanksgiving break (November 22-25, 2018).  Dining options will be open limited hours during the Thanksgiving break.  Please visit the Northwestern Dining website for more information.

Winter Break Information

All undergraduate residential facilities close for Winter Break at 12-noon on Saturday, December 15, 2018. All students must leave the buildings by this time and complete all closing checklist items (posted on each room door) before departing. All buildings reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2019. 

Closing Checklist Items

Closing checklists are posted on every room door. It is important to complete the checklist to ensure the health and safety of your room and the community. It is especially important to ensure that your window is closed and latched, the heat turned on low (not off), and your door is locked.

All residents should contribute to completing the tasks below. The last person leaving is responsible for making sure that all remaining items on the checklist are completed:

  • Take all important and valuable items with you (wallet, medication, passport, tickets, computer, etc.)
  • Floors swept or vacuumed
  • Trash/recycling emptied, including all perishable items
  • Empty and defrost refrigerator(s). Fridges that are not defrosted will be emptied by the staff; and residents will be charged a labor charge for this service. All items in the fridge, including containers, will be disposed of. Residential Services will not provide any reimbursement for these items.
  • Clean the bathroom (where applicable)
  • Windows closed and latched
  • Window coverings closed
  • Heating turned to low
  • Lights turned off and everything unplugged
  • Lock your door and sign below as you leave

Additionally, all community area fridges, such as lounges, pantries and kitchens, will be emptied and cleaned over the break period. The kitchens will be cleaned, and all food and containers will be disposed of. Residential Services will not provide any reimbursement for these items.

Prohibited Items

Residential Services staff, as well as City of Evanston staff, will complete safety inspections in each room over the break period. If you have prohibited items, please bring them home with you when you leave for break and do not bring them back to campus. Prohibited items that are found will be removed by University staff and documented through the conduct system. If a prohibited item is removed from your room or suite lounge, a notice will be provided by your Resident Director.

Please note the following:

The Evanston housing code forbids the use or storage in sleeping rooms (including suite lounges) of any appliances for cooking or heating food or beverages, including but not limited to:

  • Microwaves
  • Hot plates
  • Coffee makers (including Keurigs)
  • Blenders
  • Toaster ovens
  • Rice cookers
  • Water warmers

    *Kemper Suites with kitchens may have cooking appliances in kitchen areas.

The following items are also prohibited or restricted:

  • Bicycles
  • Refrigerators larger than three cubic feet
  • Hanging items from ceilings or fire safety equipment, covering more than 50% of wall or window space with decorations
  • Candles with burnt wicks
  • Lit incense (candles or incense that have burnt wicks will be removed)
  • Live holiday trees
  • Holiday or decorative lights
  • Fireworks
  • Explosives, incendiary materials, weapons, & firearms
  • Air conditioners not installed by NU
  • Lofts or similar structures
  • Bed risers
  • Water beds
  • Animals
  • Alcohol or containers that previously held alcohol (they will be disposed of if everyone in your room is under 21)
  • Outlet adapters and extension cords
  • Candle warmers
  • Public area furniture in a student room
  • Fire safety equipment that shows signs of tampering

Please visit the NU Student Handbook (PDF) for more information on policies.

Mail and Package Delivery

Package centers will be close for Thanksgiving Break at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, and reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, November 26, 2018.

The last day of mail delivery will be Friday, December 14, 2018. Mail and packages will continue to be accepted at Foster-Walker during Winter Break, but mail will not be distributed across campus and packages will not be sent to Kemper for distribution. Mail and packages will be available for pick up at Foster-Walker between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays during break, except on University Holidays. The University is closed Saturday, December 22, 2018 – Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Mail delivery and normal package pickup hours will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019.

24 Hour Quiet Hours Begin

24 hour quiet hours begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday December 7, 2018, and end at 5:00 p.m. on Friday December 14, 2018.

Have a Maintenance Request?

Complete a School Dude request before you leave.

Not Returning To Campus in January?

If you are not returning for Winter Quarter, complete a cancellation form with the Administrative Services office located in 2122 Sheridan. After you have moved out by noon on Saturday December 15, 2018, complete an express checkout at the neighborhood desk.

If you are returning to your room in January, you do not need to formally checkout beyond completing the checklist.

Winter Break Housing

All undergraduate halls will be closed between Saturday, December 15, 2018 at noon and Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.  Winter break housing is not available.


See your Resident Assistant (RA), Assistant Resident Director (ARD), or Resident Director (RD).